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The old-timers exchanged stories about farming in bygone days while farming demonstrations were underway at the Roger and Tracy Boehler farm south of Golden Valley on Aug. 23. The day's showcase was the grain threshing demonstration using turn-of-the century equipment. The demonstration was part of Golden Valley's seventh annual Thresher's Reunion and Valley Days. "I was always interested in old farm machinery, especially the old tractors," said Roger Boehler.
Erv and Marilyn Kessel are serving as the host couple for the upcoming Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in Dickinson. The walk is an opportunity to raise awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research. It is Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Dickinson Recreation Center, with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. "Anybody can walk who wants to," said Marilyn. She expects to see lots of family members, ranging from infants in strollers to the elderly.
If there's ever been a good time to clean out your closets, this is it. The Dickinson Rotary Club is spearheading a community-wide effort to gather 500 pairs of shoes for its Nicaragua Shoe Project. The local project is part of the Rotary District's greater effort to gather 8,000 pairs of shoes.
Dickinson State University nursing faculty and students spent a week this summer learning about Russian health care and nursing education at the Krasnoyarsk State Medical University (KMSU) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. This was the third time DSU sent a delegation to KSMU, while personnel from the Russian university visited DSU twice in a partnership between the two institutions that was formed in 2006. Those attending were DSU Department of Nursing assistant professors of nursing Cheryl Lantz and Janice Neumann.
The Rev. Keith Streifel, 41, is keeping a busy schedule since arriving as pastor of Dickinson's St. Joseph's Parish on July 1. "One of the things about being a parish priest, I'm here to serve the needs of the people. In a given day, there are many things.... from marriage preparations to funeral preparations, worship liturgies and the sacraments.
Ann Perfett and her sister Polly Weiler don't have time to relax after working full time in Dickinson. With a change of clothes, they head outside to take care of their five garden plots located south of town. Living on the same farmstead near Antelope Creek, they are reaping a bountiful harvest.
Aspiring author Sarah Hard, Dickinson, has published her first novel titled "Teardrops on a Page." The story focuses on a young woman's journey through grief after her husband dies in a car accident. "This story flowed well. I kept imagining it was happening to me. In my mind, I was making it real," said Hard. A native of Dickinson, she is the daughter of Jim and Ellen Becker and a 2002 graduate of Dickinson High School. "Everyone in my family is very creative. My sister and I were never bored as kids. We had wild imaginations. We could make anything fun," she said.
Author Chuck Lehman opens his newly released historical novel "The Big Woods" with a scene from the Civil War and Corp. W.L. T. Meyer's efforts to return to his sweetheart in Minnesota. The novel began as a family history. Lehman learned his great-grandfather, W.L.T. Meyer, was a farmer, a soldier who participated in the Battle in the Killdeer Mountains and a Union Army survivor of the Civil War. Lehman became convinced it had the makings of a novel. "It's a true story about a 10-year period of my great-grandfather's life," said Lehman. "It's about 90 percent fact.
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to become storytellers through a new 10-week class being offered by storytelling coach, the Rev. Karen Dvirnak. Dvirnak, who is pastor of Dickinson's Immanuel Baptist Church, said storytelling is nationally recognized as a fun way to help students achieve. "Even students that are not star athletes or exemplary in academics can succeed at storytelling," she said.
The days and weeks leading up to the first day of school in Dickinson have been a flurry of activity. The custodians scrubbed the desks and shampooed the carpets, but the rest is up to the teachers. They decorate the bulletin boards, sort the texbooks and prepare lessons plans for the upcoming weeks. The Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Catholic Schools begin on Thursday, Aug. 21, while Hope Christian Academy starts Wednesday, Aug.